Plastic is used Everywhere!
It’s finally becoming more common knowledge that plastic is not an inert substance, which is what its manufacturers would like you to believe. Plastic contains chemicals like Bisphenol A, or BPA, and phthalates, which mimic the hormone oestrogen in your body. Even tiny concentrations can cause problems, and you’re likely being exposed from all angles. Aside from canned goods, they’re found in reusable food containers, plastic wraps, water bottles, personal care products, you name it.
BPA has been pronounced dangerous by many scientific reports and it is linked to deadly diseases and has been banned in other countries. In Australia, Bisphenol A is freely allowed.
It is linked to infertility; problems with reproductive development, neural and behavioural development in foetuses, infants and children, early puberty in girls, obesity, breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, thyroid malfunction and attention disorders.
Scientists the world over have proven that BPA leaches into food and drink.
A Harvard study found people who drank from bottles containing BPA had a 69 per cent increase of BPA in their urine.
Anytime you eat or drink something out of plastic, you risk exposure. Plastics that are worn out or scratched may leach even more chemicals into your food, as do hot beverages. Just by drinking coffee from a plastic-lined paper cup, you could be exposed to 55 times more BPA than normal!
Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA
1. Only use glass or stainless steel baby bottles and dishes for your baby
2. Get rid of your plastic dishes and cups, and replace them with glass varieties
5. IF you choose to use a microwave, don’t microwave food in a plastic container
6. Use glass, ceramic, or stainless steel travel coffee mugs rather than plastic or Styrofoam coffee cups
7. Avoid using plastic wrap (and never microwave anything covered in it)
8. If you opt to use plastic kitchenware, at least get rid of the older, scratched-up varieties, avoid putting them in the dishwasher, and don’t wash them with harsh detergents, as these things can cause more chemicals to leach into your food.
9. Avoid using bottled water; filter your own and take your stainless steel bottle with you.